When it comes to treating hearing loss, many people opt out because they are not aware of the major health risks associated with untreated hearing loss.
Of course they are expensive; but when you compare the cost of hearing aids (which can run from a few thousand up to six thousand) to that of your cell phone cost over the next seven to ten years, then a cell phone is actually more expensive and they certainly don't offer the same health benefits.
And if treating your hearing loss with hearing aids prevented (or a least delayed) or reduced the health risks listed above, then the costs is more than justified.
Many of the patients who come to our office were driven by loved ones who seem to see (or hear) more clearly than the hearing loss recipient on how hearing aids can help the person they interact with on a regular basis.
It's nice how the medical community and insurance companies are so much more proactive on screening for diabetes, heart disease, mammograms... So now it's time to also become more aware of the potential dangers of untreated hearing loss and do something about it.